Alamos Lab Up for Bid
Timeline and Current Details of the competition
of Potential Bidders
From DOE Albuquerque's Contracting Office
and the development of WMDs
Alamos Study Group
A comprehensive and authoritative source of information on
Alamos National Laboratory
Alamos Laboratory up for bid:
The Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a
GOCO (Government Owned,
Contractor Operated) facility owned by the Department of Energy and
operated by the University of California.
The University of California has held the contract
1943 when the laboratory was first established. The most recent
renewal between the DOE and UC was signed in January of 2001,
the Bush administration took office. The contract has been held
UC for 61 years without competition.
According to the DOE's report (McSlarrow &
Brooks) security lapses in the
late 1990's were not adequately addressed by lab administrators.
corrective measures drawn out in Appendix O of the January, 2001
contract for LANL failed to solve the root problems of mismanagement
because according to the DOE;
"The Federal oversight role was limited to a
mechanistic review of
performance as set forth in the contract when, in fact, a broader,
aggressive role was called for, particularly in light of problems
developed at Los Alamos in the late 1990s."
Security lapses at LANL during this time period
the Wen Ho Lee case, multiple disappearances of keys, widespread
and misuse of government credit cards, failures to repel mock
attacks, among others.
DOE Secretary Abraham's memo on opening the
Upon reviewing the McSlarrow & Brooks report DOE Secretary
back to the NNSA (National Nuclear Security Administration) on
2003 saying that, "given [the] responsibility and the
widespread nature of
the problems uncovered at Los Alamos, I intend to open
management of Los
Alamos to full competition when the current contract expires."
Abraham's decision was made public on April 30,
2003 in a press release
stating, "DOE intends to compete Los Alamos National
and operations contract upon completion of current
California contract in 2005."
here to read the timeframe and current details
for lab competition